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1  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Dia De Los Muertos! pic heavy on: November 01, 2010 12:11:18 PM
This year my family and I celebrated Day of the Dead on October 30. Traditionally it's celebrated on November 1 and 2. We all went to Hollywood Forever Cemetery where they have a huge celebration every year. There's music, craft vendors, food, art, and beautiful offerings to remember the dead. I did all the makeup for 7 people.

My man, Alex

Sister-in-law, Julie

Sister-in-law, Susie

Nephew, Julian

Nephew, Quinlan

Niece, Flower


and a picture of my working

2  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Cursed Pirate on: November 01, 2010 11:52:37 AM
Happy Halloween everyone! This is the costume I wore for Halloween yesterday. I had to work and we were having a costume contest, first prize wins $75! Originally, I was going to go as a regular pirate, but I decided to change it up a bit and went as a cursed pirate. Half skeleton/ half beauty. Hope you like it!

here are two views of my makeup

and the whole look

3  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Mexican style folk art hand painted doors! on: October 05, 2009 07:31:54 PM
Well, it took me about a year and a half, but I finally finished!

My sister-in-law (who I live with) is Mexican and loves Mexican folk art and she wanted me to paint 4 doors in her house. I got a little burnt out on this project, but I am so happy that they are finished and I'm quite proud of them.

This if the first door that I painted and is now the bathroom door. It's called La Sirena or the mermaid. This image is similar to the one found in Loteria cards.

Next up is my sister-in-laws door, called La Catrina.

Here's a little history about Catrina. "From the ancient cultures that were established in the Valle de Mxico to the mexicas, every civilization has taken a very special interest in death.  It wasnt sadness or pain, but a mystical influence magical in the way that it became a friend, a faithful confidante, a mysterious conqueror.  

Jose Guadalupe Posada gave it a face, with a sarcastic, ironic touch.  It was through his art that the Catrina and later the Calaca were born. Both feminine personalities are famous icons of death and the top creations of Posada." Also, I have been told that Posada created Catrina as a way of mocking high society by telling them that even though they are rich, they too will die some day.

The third door is the door to my room that I share with my boyfriend. This is a Day of the Dead version of The Virgin Mary.

And last is my nephew's door. Luchadores or Mexican wrestlers.
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Slytherin knits on: September 10, 2009 09:59:39 PM
Over in ravelry.com they have this "game" called Harry Potter Knit and Crochet House Cup Tournament. I was in Slytherin house and these are some of the things I knitted in house colors.

5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / super chunky bobble scarf on: September 10, 2009 09:54:17 PM
I feel like a ninja in this scarf. It's super soft and super warm.

6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / leafy earrings on: September 10, 2009 09:52:12 PM
I've seen a lot of plant like knit and crochet jewelry.
This is my version.

7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / "Camera" Lap Top Bag on: September 10, 2009 09:49:07 PM
I love camera related crafts! I have seen lots of camera shaped coin purses and was inspired to try knitting a cover for my lap top. It won't protect my computer if I drop it, but it does protect it from scratches.

my nephew

this image is truest to color.

the back

8  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Sugar Skull Make-up on: September 10, 2009 09:40:54 PM
The Day of the Dead is fast approaching! This is the make-up I did for myself last year. I used Ben Nye.

9  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Day of the Dead paintings on: September 08, 2009 08:10:46 PM
I love the Day of the Dead! To get myself in the mood this year I've been painting on blocks of wood that I had left over from a different project. Here's a brief history of Day of the Dead from wikipedia.

"The Day of the Dead (El Da de los Muertos or All Souls' Day) is a holiday celebrated in Mexico and by Latin Americans living in the United States and Canada. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. The celebration occurs on the 2nd of November in connection with the Catholic holiday of All Saints' Day which occurs on Nov 1st and All Souls' Day which occurs on Nov 2nd. Traditions include building private altars honoring the deceased, using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed, and visiting graves with these as gifts.
Scholars trace the origins of the modern holiday to indigenous observances dating back thousands of years, and to an Aztec festival dedicated to a goddess called Mictecacihuatl."

My style is a mixture of Day of the Dead, Mexican folk art and classic tattoos. These are painted on blocks of wood that are a foot square and 1.5 inches deep using acrylic paint.

10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / The Wedding Sweater ~ My first! on: April 16, 2009 01:24:58 PM
So, this is my first sweater. I started it about a year ago, and I cant tell you how terrified I was by this project. I was worried that when it was completed it wouldnt fit her, that I wouldnt be able to put it together correctly, that I would spill something on it. But after all of the stress I must admit that I love the finished project.

Honestly, I think that if I dont hate a project, no matter what it is, at least once while Im making it, then Im not making it right. And I have to say that I hated the hell out of this one. and love the hell out of it now.

The pattern is Stardust from Knitty.com
I altered the pattern for the bride. I lengthened the sleeves and shortened the bottom of the sweater.

All photos are property of Adam Hendershott (the groom) @ hendershotts.com

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